Since 2000, AustLit has supported scholarly work across the range of research in Australian storytelling and print culture. Access our full range of research projects and their associated publications from the Research & Publications page. Full-text publications such as the Players essays on Australian actors, Growing Up Indigenous, and Contemporary Settler Colonial Literature are also available from the Full Text page.
AustLit is always happy to discuss research and publication opportunities with scholars working in Australian literature, Australian culture, digital humanities, and more. Contact us if you have an idea for a research project or specialist dataset.
AustLit publishes scholarly work, digitises collections of works for research purposes, and provides access to full text published in other sources.
Our digitisation projects have included The Anthology of Criticism, the Children's Literature Digital Resource, and the Speculative Fiction Full-text Collection, which provide access to high-quality republications of otherwise out-of-print and / or hard-to-find materials. Our most recent digitisation project is the growing Australian Drama Archive, which brings back to life early twentieth-century Australian plays that have been lost and forgotten.
AustLit also serves as a digital republisher and host for external publications, including the electronic edition of A Companion to the Australian Media, edited by Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley, and the archive of the significant Courting Blakness exhibition, originally exhibited in The University of Queensland's Great Court in 2014.
You can also find full-text works published in other sources via AustLit: check the 'Full text available' box on the Advanced Search page to limit your results to works available in full or part.
AustLit is pleased to host the website for the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL), the premiere organisation for studying Australian writing. ASAL, its publication JASAL, and its annual conference are vital resources for scholars and postgraduate students.
The Teaching Aust. Lit. (TAL) project was initiated in 2008, with funding from the Office of Teaching and Learning. It aimed to discover where, when, and in what context, Australian literary texts were being taught in Australian universities.
Since the publication of the inaugural TAL report in 2010, AustLit has continued gathering data for the project. This data is now fully integrated in the AustLit data, enabling users to see at a glance which works have been taught, where, and how often.
Teaching Australian literature? Please send us details.
In 2016, AustLit began developing a teaching and learning platform, using the unique affordances of the AustLit custom-built content management system.
First AusArts and later Cirrus, the system had two main intentions:
Now three years into development, Cirrus offers a raft of annotation tools for texts, images, video, and audio, as well as two forms of long-form publishing: parallax essays and multi-page websites.
Cirrus also publishes an annual Best of Cirrus, showcasing high-quality student work produced on the Cirrus platform and subject to professional editing and publication processes.
Looking for the Cirrus user manual? You'll find it here.
AustLit is pleased to host interns from the Faculty of HASS and undergraduate research scholarship programs.
Interns and scholars have participated in the daily operation of this large database, served as research assistance on projects undertaken by scholars at the university, and undertaken their own research projects under the guidance of AustLit staff.
AustLit welcomes interns from The University of Queensland and other universities, and provides a unique experience in working in research infrastructure. If you are interested in undertaking an internship or placing a student, please contact us.
To aid in interpreting AustLit content or finding specific categories of material, AustLit provides user guides in the form of slideshows.
Select an option from the links below:
(Looking for the Cirrus user guide? You'll find it on the Cirrus tab.)
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